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Title:The Snake in the Sky: Tornadoes in Clay and Local Narrative in the Hogsback-Alice Area
Author:Wood, Felicity
Year:2000
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies
Volume:14
Issue:2
Pages:79-95
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Xhosa
pottery
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Architecture and the Arts
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02560040085310101
Abstract:This article studies the unfired clay animals, particularly tornado monsters, sold by a number of young men by the roadside in Hogsback, a small mountaintop community in the Amatola mountains in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. These clay figures arise from traditional Xhosa 'inkanyamba' (snake in the sky, the Xhosa word for tornado) narratives while the forms are derived from Western fantastical imagery. They are situated at the interface between the old and the new, the familiar and the foreign, reflecting the tensions between traditional, communal beliefs and the individual artistic imagination. In this way the author examines the tension between the Western 'same' and African 'other', combined in the clay figures to meet market forces as an expression of artistic imagination. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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